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Lost cat Mo

September 18th, 2015 by Mike

Chad emails:

Our cat Mo got out of our house near 8th ave NE and NE 103rd St on Thursday night and we have not seen him since. He is a white cat with some black markings. He does not have a collar but is chipped. We would greatly appreciate any information that could help us get Mo home safe.

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Block-long yard sale in Maple Leaf Saturday

September 17th, 2015 by Mike

James emails:

The 100th Street from 12th to 15 Avenues is having a 6 family
yard sale with the following items for sale:
“Lamps, Jewelry, Kitchen Items, Books, Records, Clothes, End Tables, Dresser, Silver Goblets, Printer, Quilts, Shoes, Baskets, Vases, Furniture, Storage Bins, File Cabinet, Office Chair.”

The block had a sale in the spring which you put on the front page of the blog which brought a lot of people coming and the sale was a huge success. If you would please do the same thing we all would greatly appreciate it.

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Strike to end Thursday

September 15th, 2015 by Mike

The Seattle School District and educators have reached the tentative agreement on a new contract, sending kids back to classes Thursday.

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No school Tuesday; talks continue

September 13th, 2015 by Mike

Although talks between eductors and the Seattle School District continue, classes have been canceled for Monday.

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Found: An iPhone, a feline

September 12th, 2015 by Mike

Bilaai posts on NextDoor Northgate/Maple Leaf:

I found an iPhone 4S at Maple Leaf Park. It’s locked and there’s no service on it. The wallpaper is a picture of an adorable blue-eyed young girl.

I’ll probably leave it with Parks & Rec lost and found this weekend.

And Jennifer emails:

Can you help find this kitty’s owner? I returned him to his owner a few months ago and he seems to have escaped again but I don’t know how to reach the owner. He’s been sneaking in our house and enjoying our cat’s food. He’s beautiful and we would be happy to adopt him but I’m sure he has a worried owner.

The cat is on Northeast 91st Street between 20th and 17th avenues northeast.

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Striking teachers to volunteer Friday on 9/11

September 10th, 2015 by Mike

Update: Support has been strong at the QFC, with donations totaling at least a dozen large boxes of food by 12:20 p.m., three hours after the drive here began.

Striking staff and students from Olympic View Elementary School collecting for the University Food Bank Friday morning at QFC, 11100 Roosevelt Way N.E.

Update Sept. 11:

This just in: Roosevelt (High School) will be cleaning up trash around the school  starting at 9 a.m.. We will work our way to Cowen Park to pick up trash and pull weeds and invasive plants. At 1 p.m., we are having a potluck under the picnic canopy. We have invited the community to come and discuss the issues. Everyone is welcome!

Also, the Associated Press has written a story on Seattle  teachers and community service today. Here it is in the Huffington Post.


Kathi has posted on the Maple Leaf Parents Facebook site:

If no agreement is reached and the strike continues Friday, instead of walking the picket lines, SEA (Seattle Education Association) teachers and staff will be dedicating their time to community service in honor of 9/11.

Olympic View – SEA teachers and staff will be holding a food drive on Friday, September 11 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the following locations

Safeway: 7300 Roosevelt Way N.E.

QFC: 11100 Roosevelt Way N.E.

Fred Meyer: 13000 Lake City Way N.E.

In addition, she says: “Hazel Wolf K-8 is giving blood at City Hall. Green Lake is volunteering at a women’s shelter in Ballard. Eckstein will be at Green Lake Park for grounds service. Olympic Hills is cleaning up neighborhood parks in Lake City.

“Sacajawea teachers are meeting in the park south of our school at 9 a.m. We are cleaning up around the neighborhood, including the stairs that lead down to LCW. We are also walking the safe routes to school and cleaning those routes.

“Northgate Elementary will be at Northacres Park picking up trash. JAMS (Jane Addams Middle School) teachers will be doing volunteer work: splitting between the UW arboretum or joining Eckstein’s teachers for a Greenlake clean-up. A lot of JAMS teachers will also be donating blood tomorrow. Nathan Hale is donating blood at Bloodworks NW.”

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No school Friday, either (but a work party this weekend at Sacajawea)

September 10th, 2015 by Mike

This afternoon the Seattle School District announced that all schools will remain closed Friday.

The Seattle Times has continuing coverage here.

Meanwhile, Alex emails:

The new Sacajawea Elementary School playground is in the final stages of being built, and is still in need of a number of volunteers to come help assemble the last of the equipment this Saturday (and perhaps Sunday).

Apparently, a number of teachers who were expected to give a hand have been told by the district they should remain off school grounds while the strike continues, Alex says he was told.

Here’s the original announcement:

Playground Assembly by PTA

The new playground needs to be assembled. Two work parties are scheduled, please lend a hand and let’s get this playground ready for the kids.

The build will begin at 8 AM

we need 30-40 volunteers

kids can help too

dress for the weather (Sat. 9/12 forecast sunny with high of 73)

we welcome donations of snacks or drinks if you yourself cannot work

we will be building play equipment & moving materials

we could use a few people handy with tools but no skills required

Lunch will be provided

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Update: No school Thursday – Seattle teachers launch first strike in 30 years

September 9th, 2015 by Mike

This morning outside Olympic View Elementary School.

Update 3:30 p.m.: The school district has canceled classes Thursday as the strike continues.

Our news partner The Seattle Times is following the school strike here.

The Seattle Education Association web site is here.

The Seattle Public Schools web site is here.

An option for school-less kids is here.

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See and hear your next City Council members

September 8th, 2015 by Mike

It’s forum season!

In advance of the Nov. 3rd Seattle City Council election – the first in decades that will elect council members to represent specific neighborhoods – several organizations are holding local forums featuring the candidates for Council District 5, which includes nearly all of Maple Leaf, and Council District 4, which includes Maple Leaf’s southernmost “toe.”

The earliest forum we know of is Saturday, Sept. 19th, at Northgate Community Center.

It’s being sponsored by Town Hall Seattle, and will feature District 5 primary election finalists Debora Juarez and Sandy Brown.

It will feature a live debate between the candidates with a moderated Q&A. (Moderator is KUOW’s Ross Reynolds.) The debate will be streamed online and broadcast by the Seattle Channel.

It begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free but registration is required. More details are here. You can register here.

The community center, next to the Northgate branch library, is at 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.

Two days later, on Monday, Sept. 21st, the candidates from both districts 4 and 5 will speak at an event put on by Northeast Seattle Together (NEST). (The writer is an incorporator and former board member of NEST.)

Juarez and Brown will be joined by District 4 primary winners Rob Johnson and Michael Maddux. The moderator will be Steve Scher.

The event is from 2-3:30 p.m. at Magnuson Park Brig, 6344 N.E. 74th St. Room 406. Coffee and tea will be provided, and it is free and open to the public.

(Erica C. Barnett is running interviews, with a top-heavy spin on Urbanism “reality-based urbanist,” with 17 of the 18 council finalists over at The C is Crank. Johnson is currently featured.)

On Thursday, Oct. 1st, Town Hall will  host a District 4 forum at 7:30 p.m. Details have not yet appeared on its web site.

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Neighbors report daylight attempted burglary

September 5th, 2015 by Mike

Sarah emails this afternoon:

“Just wanted to let fellow Maple Leafers know that someone attempted to break into our across-the-street neighbors’ house on Friday at about 6:30 p.m., using a crowbar on a ground floor window.

And on Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf Sari wrote:

“Just wanted to let everyone know that at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 89th Street,an alert neighbor surprised an attempted break-in yesterday at his next door neighbor’s home (dark and empty looking). It was only about 6:30, so still light out. The would-be burglar had a crowbar and was attempting to get in through a window.

“When the neighbor yelled at the guy he took off–no luck finding him. Good fortune and some chutzpah–much appreciated. The policeman we spoke to later on, who was able to come by an hour later to conduct the report, said that neighbors keeping an eye on things for one another is the best first line of defense.”

The map shows about 20 home and commercial burglaries reported to Seattle Police here since the beginning of August.

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All-day kids’ camp if teachers strike Wednesday

September 5th, 2015 by Mike

The Northgate, Meadowbrook and Ravenna-Eckstein community centers will hold all-day camps for school-age kids if Seattle teachers strike next week.

The three locations in northeast Seattle are among 16 throughout the city that will stay open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 9-11 in the event of a strike.

The Northgate Center, the only one in Maple Leaf proper, is at 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.

There will be no costs to parents.

Details from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray are here.

Additionally, all locations of The Seattle Public Library are open regular hours and Library staff members are ready to support students and families with resources and programs. Visit or call 206-386-4636 to find out the nearest library, the hours of operation and scheduled programs.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has a story, complete with illuminating comments, here.

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Maple Leaf parents seek to unite on social media

September 5th, 2015 by Mike

Sara emails about a Facebook page for Maple Leaf parents, and Ashley has a similar question:

From Sara:

I’m a Maple Leafer (is that what we call ourselves? haha), and a new stepmom to two young boys, and I work for myself.

Just this week, after struggling all summer with how to handle childcare this year, I started a group on Facebook for parents who work from home. The idea is this – we parents can get together at someone’s home (or rotate homes), and have our kids meet and play together, because it’s easier to handle more kids than just one.

This would lessen the financial strain of finding childcare in addition to paying for preschool three days per week (in my case), the time spent in the car driving kids all over creation, and help us build a village, a community where we can all support each other!

From Ashley, via the Facebook page for Maple Leaf Parents:

Hi! With our son attending Thornton Creek and our family friends scattered all over Seattle, we don’t know many Maple Leaf families. I have heard others are in this same boat. Is there interest in starting a separate Facebook page for those interested in meeting families in our neighborhood?

My initial thoughts are a moms or parent meet up at the Roosevelt Ale House and then seeing where it goes. Any interest?

There were 20-some comments on Ashley’s idea when we last looked.

Sara’s Facebook page is Maple Leaf Parents Co-Working.

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And now … a found rabbit!

September 3rd, 2015 by Mike

Wabbit is home.

Andrea emails overnight:

“A black floppy- eared bunny was found on Northeast 80th between Fourth and Fifth avenues northeast

“It is extremely friendly and allowed me to pick it up and bring it in the house so it does not get hit by a car.

“Please call 313-570-1866.”

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Yellow dog spotting in Maple Leaf

August 31st, 2015 by Mike

Jenette emails:

A large yellow Lab/Dane (?) mix is roaming near Northeast 92nd/94th near Roosevelt Way Northeast. He seems anxious but friendly and starts to bark and growl if you approach him.

He is wandering through yards so definitely seems lost. Here is the best picture we could get of him at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, hanging out on a porch before moving on to other yards.

He is wearing a yellow/orange collar with a brass tag but we could not get close enough to get information off of it. He has one floppy ear and one upright.

Feel free to call 2067941030 if you need any other info! Sorry we couldn’t catch him :(

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Power’s out, trees down on roads and homes – storm update

August 29th, 2015 by Mike

Not every neighbor has power yet (2 p.m. Sunday).

IT’S BACK! (Power) (Sunday 11:56 a.m.)

Andrew sent this from Northeast 80th Street and Brooklyn Avenue Northeast.

Estimated power restore time to largest chunk of Maple Leaf is 12:33 p.m. (Thanks, Kristen.)

Midnight to 6 a.m. Sunday: power off again. Seattle City Light says fewer than 20,000 remain without power.

Cliff Mass on “Extraordinary August Storm“:

“This is perhaps the strongest August storm on record—certainly the most impressive in my memory.

High wind gust Saturday at Maple Leaf Life South: 32 mph. Rain before 7 a.m.: 1.17″

7 p.m. Power’s back!

Tree onto house near Northeast 89th and 20th Avenue Northeast. Photo tweeted by KIRO TV.

Storm update 1:45 p.m.

Power remains out in south Maple Leaf.

Seattle City Light reports 40,000 58K customers without power.

Trees across Lake City Way Northeast at Northeast  97th and 107th streets.

The Seattle Times has regional coverage of the storm here.

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